There's never been a better time to start a fitness regime, says Fenland District Council activity co-ordinator
In the fortnightly Fenland District Council Get Active column, physical activity coordinator Hettie West discusses starting a fitness regime.
Since the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, life has been hectic all round – it’s no wonder that physical activity has been put on the back burner for many of us.
The run-up to Christmas always tends to feel like ‘the calm before the storm’, so there’s no better time to get some new routines set in stone before the chaos begins.
Let’s use this opportunity to take the first steps to living a more active lifestyle and try to get back to reaching our recommended daily activity guidelines, as set by the NHS: 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity/ 75 minutes vigorous intensity activity per week.
There’s plenty on offer around Fenland, but its important to find something that’s right for you, that you enjoy, so it doesn’t feel like a chore, that fits into your lifestyle and daily routine.
Most important of all, it’s important to start your journey with physical activity in a way that suits you and is appropriate to your abilities.
Starting slowly with a 10-minute brisk walk each day and gradually building up to include a jog, some gym classes or some team sports is a great way to increase your physical activity slowly but surely without overdoing it and causing injury or burnout.
Active Fenland has a number of programmes on offer this Autumn, so there’s something to suit everyone- and all our sessions are ideal for beginners, try it outers and returners! Check them out below:
Junior Running - Wisbech, Harecroft Astro, Thursdays 5-6pm;
Junior Badminton- Wisbech, Hudson Leisure Centre, Mondays 5-6pm;
FA Teens Football- Wisbech, Lime Ave, Fridays 8-9pm.
Yoga- March (Thursdays 5-7pm, for beginners and intermediates at the Braza Club), and Wisbech (Tuesdays 1-3.15pm, gentle and general yoga at the Oasis Centre).
Badminton- Wisbech (Mondays 6-8pm for beginners and intermediates, Wednesday 7-8pm for ladies, at the Hudson Leisure Centre).
Community Football- Wisbech, St Mary Sports Centre, Mondays 7.30-9.30pm.
Adults Football- Wisbech St Mary, Sunset Rooms, Mondays 7-8pm.
Older adults activities
Walking Netball- Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Complex, Wednesdays 9:30-10:30am;
Walking Netball- Wisbech, Hudson Leisure Centre, Thursdays 9:30-10:30am;
Walking Football- Wisbech, Hudson Leisure Centre, Tuesdays 9:30-11am, Fridays 8-9pm;
Strength and Balance- Wisbech, St. Augustine’s Church Hall, Thursdays 2-3pm.